`Insecure,' `King Richard,' `H.E.R.' Among Top NAACP Image Award Nominees

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Films including ``King Richard'' and ``Judas and the Black Messiah,'' along with the HBO series ``Insecure'' and entertainers Megan Thee Stallion and H.E.R. were among the top nominees announced today for the 53rd NAACP Image Awards.

The awards celebrate ``outstanding achievements and performances of people of color'' in categories including film, television, music, literature and podcasts.

Megan Thee Stallion was nominated for entertainer of the year, along with Jennifer Hudson, Lil Nas X, Regina King and Tiffany Haddish.

For best motion picture, nominations went to ``Judas and the Black Messiah,'' ``King Richard,'' ``Respect,'' ``The Harder They Fall'' and ``The United States vs. Billie Holiday.''

``Insecure'' received the most nominations in the television categories, including a nod for best comedy series. It will compete in that category with ``black-ish,'' ``Harlem,'' ``Run the World'' and ``The Upshaws.''

Outstanding drama series nominations went to ``9-1-1,'' ``All American,'' ``Godfather of Harlem,'' ``Pose'' and ``Queen Sugar.''

H.E.R. received the most nominations in recording categories and will compete for outstanding female artist with Ari Lennox, Beyonce, Chloe and Jazmine Sullivan. Outstanding male artist nominations went to Anthony Hamilton, Drake, Giveon, J. Cole and Lil Nas X.

The awards will be presented during a live two-hour television special on Feb. 26, hosted by Anthony Anderson. There will not be an in-person ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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